Learn how to get the look of your favorite country stars!
My mama always told me that the trick with makeup is to make it look like you're not wearing any at all. Country singers are notorious for dewy, natural, fresh-off-the-farm looks. With these makeup tips, you too can get that naturally gorgeous look!
Miranda Lambert's red carpet look
At the 2014 Grammys, the "Mama's Broken Heart" singer graced the red carpet looking every bit of a classic beauty. Her makeup artist, Terri Apanasewicz, shared her techniques in creating this look with makeup blogger Christina Farrell.
"I prepped Miranda's skin with Olay's new Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, applied Makeup Forever HD foundation and used Amazing Concealer to highlight under the eyes. With a beveled blush brush I applied Yves Saint Laurent Cream blush 'Audacious Orange' to the apple of the cheek." Apanasewicz continued, "For her eyes I used MAC Brownluxe shadow palette, the bronze color over the entire lid adding the gold to the inner corner of the lid. I used the dark brown to define the crease of the eye. Using the bronze color again underneath the bottom lashes."
Finally, Apanasewicz added false lashes and mascara.
"I finished off Miranda's 'Old Hollywood Glamour' look with Stila's long wear lip pencil in 'Passionate' and topped it off with Tarte's LipSurgence in 'lust'."
Apanasewicz set Miranda's makeup with Amazing Cosmetics Powderset to finish.
When she's not on the red carpet though, the blonde stunner tends to have a simpler makeup routine. In a 2013 interview with Good Housekeeping, Miranda Lambert stated that she normally shops for makeup at Walgreens.
Carrie Underwood talks makeup remover and DIY
With her girl-next-door good looks, it's no surprise Almay recently named Carrie Underwood as its new brand ambassador. The "All American Girl" singer shared her typical routine and favorite Almay products with Bobbi Brown in an interview with Yahoo Beauty.
"When I am on tour I enjoy doing my own hair and makeup. There are just so many people on the road, and it's kind of therapeutic for me to be able to sit on my butt, and have all my things, and it's quiet. It's my time to play."
When it comes to her favorite products, Underwood is much more about making sure to get all the makeup off. As she told Bobbi Brown,
"Almay's Butter Kiss Lipstick is like a lip treatment. The color really wears throughout the day, so that is my new favorite. Something that I need after a show or the red carpet is to take my eye makeup off, and Almay's Eye Makeup Remover Pads really do the trick. The remover sticks are also absolutely incredible. I feel like everybody should have those"
In an interview with Popsugar she expounded upon the importance of having a clean face at bedtime:
"I have friends who sleep in their makeup," the star explained, "and I'm like, 'How?? How do you do that?'... It almost helps you get ready for bed, because your body knows that this is what you do before you go to sleep. So it's like Pavlov's theory -- it helps to have the same routine."
Blowout Method From Sara Evans' Stylist
"I've never had a blowout done to my hair the way Kim Clo can do it." - Sara Evans
Nashville-based stylist Kimberly Clo serves the hairstyling needs of many celebrities, and she shared some of her volumizing blow-dry practices that leave country stars like Sara Evans' hair looking sleek and gorgeous. In fact, she released an instructional DVD explaining how these looks are achieved.
"...Take each hair section and blow dry it all the way until it shines, not just to the point where it feels dry, this means you got to go a few strokes past when you think you're done. Then go back over the hair section once more for good measure..."
The trick, Clo says, is to use tension and heat. She uses a round brush and a blowdryer with a concentrator attachment and dries the hair in sections. The first few strokes go upward to give the hair volume, and the final few go downward to polish out the frizz. Hair can appear fuzzy if you just stop blowdrying as soon as it's dry. If you keep going for a few more passes with the brush, the frizz will release on its own, without adding product or using a flat iron.
Kacey Musgraves Surprising Skincare Secret and Eye Shadow Technique
"If I weren't a country singer, I think I'd be a makeup artist," - brunette beauty Kacey Musgraves said in an interview with Self.
The "Biscuits" singer filled Self in on her secret for keeping her eye shadow neat:
"A makeup artist once taught me to do my eyes first. That way the little shadow particles that fall on your face don't dirty up your foundation,"
When applying eye shadow, Musgraves uses a combination of cream and powder, first applying the cream, and then layering the powder on top. She then spoke about some of her favorite makeup products:
"I'm obsessed with FACE Atelier foundation--it's lightweight but lasts even when I sweat onstage, but you need to apply it with a foundation brush to get the best coverage."
On avoiding the dreaded raccoon eyes, Musgraves stated, "I use a mascara that forms a tube around each lash, so I never get raccoon eyes. The tubes slide right off with hot water--no makeup remover needed."
The best foundation for any makeup is always going to be clear, unblemished and glowing skin. To achieve this, Musgraves uses home remedies.
"I get eczema on my arms, and my acupuncturist said to put vegetable shortening, like Crisco, on it. I tried it for a week and the eczema went away. Another time, I had a breakout, so my memaw applied a paste of crushed uncoated aspirin and water. Fifteen minutes later it had shrunk. Swear."
Maddie & Tae's Mascara Trick and Haircare Routines
For these country stars, makeup is an absolute must! The gorgeous blonde duo Maddie & Tae shared how they achieve their "Girl in a Country Song" good looks with Sophisticate:
"I honestly used to hate putting on makeup because it took me forever!" Maddie said, "But we went to Sephora recently and they taught us how to do eye shadow in like two minutes! The trick is to use a good blending brush. I also have this mascara trick ... curl your lashes, apply one coat of waterproof mascara and let it dry then curl again and apply a lengthening mascara. It will make them look so good people will ask if they're real."
Both girls have long tresses, which every woman knows can sometimes be a pain. When asked how she deals with bad hair days, Tae responded,
"A messy side fishtail braid is my go to hairstyle! It's super easy & doesn't require heat products. I just do a regular fishtail braid then pull out pieces of the braid to give that messy look. The days where my hair just doesn't want to hold a curl frustrates me to NO end! So of course, I do my fish trail braid."
On their favorite beauty products the Tae stated,
"Dry shampoo saves my life! I use it on a regular basis not only to get rid of oil but it adds volume & texture," She also confided, "I use "It's a 10 miracle leave in product" after washing my hair to de tangle & condition."
Maddie also talked about her hair necessities:
"I can't live without my Conair 1 1/4 inch curling iron! They are cheap, last forever and don't leave your hair smelling burnt. I can't live without Suave dry shampoo and I always carry a good teasing comb."